I have operated Dragonspit Apothecary for almost 3 1/2 years now while working full time. To say it’s easy wouldn’t be always true yet it has been rewarding, worthwhile and a constant reminder of what I really want most in my work life. There is a flow to my business that makes it adaptable to my needs and gives me a free range space to work on my dreams. In that respect it pays me in more than just dollars.
When I started this business, I had no grand dream of how big or little it would become. It was a creative outlet at a time I needed a distraction. It offered solace from the corporate burnout and small glimmer of hope that I was actually able to make something of myself in my life. Like most small businesses it has taken a while to get off the ground and there are times I wish it would go faster yet it has been consistent in small progress. More than anything I have grown the most in this journey.
When people talk to me about direct sales, I have learned that one type of business is not so much different from another. It is all a matter of our own willingness to be fully involved in the journey and realizing we are stepping away from the employee mindset with each step. There is fear and uncertainty at times because it can feel like we may not succeed but at the same time you’re filled with a certain instinct that you can make it. You can beat the odds. You can take it farther than you think.
The other great thing I have learned is that success and failure both rest with me. There is no one else to blame in this situation, not even my upline. Every decision, every action and every outcome is my own. That is a responsibility not many of us are used to in our work. We all think we’re ready for it but then when we’re faced with it we often realize we don’t know what we’re doing. I always saw that scenario as the time to be brave, use what I knew to do and go slow. It may be why my business has grown slow as a result but I’d rather build it solid and once than constantly see the need to rebuild and start over.
For those that think direct selling products is a scam, consider how you buy products you need and want. Would you rather buy them from